The Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a free service designed to help small businesses in Nevada contract with local, state and federal government agencies.
“The PTAC strives to increase the number of Nevada companies capable of doing business with the government and connect those companies with lucrative opportunities to expand their business into the government sector,” says PTAC director Lyndee Cichon (pictured). “The PTAC is committed to strengthening Nevada businesses, generating employment and diversifying our state-wide economy.”
The Nevada program dubbed the Procurement Outreach Program, or POP, recently added Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to the name in an effort to reflect a connection with national similarly federally funded programs of the same name.
The Nevada PTAC, founded in 1986, is part of a nationwide network of business counselors committed to helping businesses improve marketing skills for both prime and sub-contract opportunities across federal, state and local government agencies. The Nevada program is part of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Services include one-on-one counseling, bid-matching, workshops, and buyer matchmaking events. The program offers regularly scheduled government contracting workshops in both Reno and Las Vegas every month as well as a monthly webinar new for 2014. Currently, more than 1,200 Nevada businesses are actively participating in the program statewide.
“Procurement” is a big word that has a simple meaning – acquiring goods and services for the best possible cost and at the best possible time to benefit others. It is a term most often used within governmental agencies – and the U.S. federal government is the largest single purchaser in the world buying more than $500 billion in goods and services each year. State governments across the country have a combined total budget of over $1 trillion annually, much of which is spent on goods and services as well.
This represents an enormous and noteworthy opportunity for businesses that are looking for customers to buy their products and services.
The process of securing a government contract can sometimes be daunting – if it were that easy, every business would do it. However, there are steps any business can take to establish the necessary groundwork to pursue government business successfully.
Keep in mind that there are resources available to assist you through the Nevada PTAC. Contact a Procurement Specialist for more information:
- (775) 687-9900 in Carson City
- (702) 486-2700 in Las Vegas
- (775) 687-9922 in Fallon (Rural specialist)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org